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REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE MONTH OF MOVEMBER Facial hair on men has never been more appreciated than in the month of November. Men all over the world give the razor a rest for 30 days and grow that ‘tash’. Here’s a look at some of the most popular moustaches this Movember.



Telugu theatre, unlike Hindi and English, is slowly fading away and drastic measures must be taken for its revival. Postnoon investigates.





PUJARA, YUVRAJ CONTINUE ASSAULT India were 410 for four at lunch on the second day of their opening cricket Test against England in Ahmedabad. Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 133, while Yuvraj Singh scored an unbeaten 72. Graeme Swann was once again the pick of bowlers.





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A rally to promote International Men’s Day is being held by Save Indian Family Foundation on November 17 at Bagh Linghampally Garden at 9.30am. International Men's Day is an annual international event celebrated on November 19.

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AROUND THE CITY: YOUR GUIDE TO THE TWIN CITIES O womaniya An exhibition by Anjani Reddy, O Womaniya is being held at Muse Art Gallery. Where: Muse Art Gallery, Tank Bund When: Ongoing, 11am onwards Contact: (040) 2752 2999

SHOWS Women on the 6th floor The French movie Les femmes du 6e etage ( women on the 6th floor) will be shown at Alliance Francaise. Where: Alliance Francaise, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: November 22 , 6.30pm Contact: (040) 2355 4481

Painting exhibition Anuradha Thakur’s exhibition of paintings titled Serene Harmony will be on display upto November 25. Where: Novotel Hyderabad Airport Hotel, Shamshabad When: Ongoing, 9am onwards Contact: (040) 6625 0000

Children of the pyre Children of The Pyre is a compelling compilation of the real-life stories of the lives of seven extraordinary children who make their living out of the dead at Manikarnika. Where: Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: November 23 7pm onwards Contact: 96427 31329 Live music Catch the band Dark Project performing live at Hard Rock Cafe. The band plays a blend of alternative and progressive rock. Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Banjara Hills, Rd No 1 When: November 22, 9pm onwards Contact: (040) 64636375 Two oceans Two Oceans represents music built

The natural child Iconart Gallery, pays an ode to and celebrates Childrens day with The natural child, a child art show . Where: Iconart Gallery, Banjara Hills, Rd No 12 When: Ongoing, 11.30am onwards Contact: 98499 68797 A GENTLE PUSH: A young boy pushes a man on a cycle in Gulzar House, Old City. on the deep foundations of Carnatic music in dialogue with the basics of western jazz traditions. Where: Ravindra Bharati, Saifabad When: November 23, 7.30pm onwards Contact: (040) 2323 1245 Women on the 6th floor The French movie Les femmes du 6e etage ( women on the 6th floor) will be shown at Alliance Francaise. Where: Alliance Francaise, Banjara Hills, Rd No 10 When: November 16 , 6.30pm Contact: (040) 2355 4481

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ART Palette scapes An exhibition of paintings on Acrylic on canvas by artist Nupur Kundu is being held at Shrishti Art Gallery, Jubilee Hills. The exhibition will be

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Four held for cop’s brother’s murder The victim, a cable operator, had filed a case against the father of one of his attackers in a land deal. Risalabazaar, Golconda. Two other accused, Qadir Ali Khan and his son Ahmed Ali Khan, are missing, said Mohd Waheeduddin, inspector, Golconda police station. The four were arrested at Toli Chowki. The police seized the weapons and bikes which were used in the murder of Mansoor Ali Khan Durrani, a cable operator. Durrani was the brother of head constable Ameer Ali Khan, said Waheeduddin. Durrani, a resident of Jamalikunta of Golconda, had purchased a 194 sq yard land at Banjari Darwaza from Qadir Ali Khan on January 13, 2012. Durrani paid Khan `2 lakh in cash as an advance. Later, due to a misunderstanding, the deal was broken



he Golconda police recently solved the murder of a policeman’s brother, and arrested four people in the case. Two other accused managed to escape. The police recovered two bikes, three knives and an iron pipe used in the murder from the accused. The arrested have been identified as Ibrahim Ali Khan aka Amir, a 24-year-old resident of Mini Janaki Nagar in Toli Chowki; Mohd Imran, 23, resident of Phool Bagh Chandrayangutta in Old City; Mohd Sajid, a 22-year-old driver and resident of Yousufguda; and Furkhan Shareef, 24, a driver who lives in


TDP plans to woo MIM party



he main opposition party, Telugu Desam Party, which attracted a lot of criticism from a section of party leaders for making attempts to break into BJP’s Hindu vote-bank, seems to have changed its political strategy, especially in the wake of recent developments in the State. The developments include the City-based All India Majlis Itehadul Muslimeen (MIM) Party’s withdrawal of support to the ruling Congress. MIM party snapped its ties with the ruling Congress, calling the present N Kiran Kumar Reddy government communal and alleged that the government was working to protect the interests of right-wing RSS and BJP in the State. This development has not only jolted the entire State, but the impact has also been felt in New Delhi. Now, with an objective to take full advantage of this fresh political development, the TDP is planning to woo the MIM party. The party’s idea is to join hands with MIM in the next General Elections in order to attract over 80 lakh Muslim votes. “It is indeed a great opportunity for us. We are thinking in

Senior leaders feel that if the party succeeds in joining hands with MIM, it would help TDP to shed its ‘communal’ image in the State. this direction. As a secular party, there is every reason for us to join hands with MIM and fight the next General Elections,” TDP senior leader and former minister E Peddi Reddy told Postnoon. This move assumes prominence at a time when its president N Chandrababu Naidu is struggling to recapture his popular leader image through a marathon walkathon. The party feels that if it succeeds in joining hands with MIM, it would help the party in shedding its ‘communal’ image. This was echoed by TDP senior leader and former minister NMD Farooq. “We have hurt the sentiments of minorities by extending support to the then NDA government in 1999. Even after 12 years, those images are still alive in their minds. The move will help in presenting ourselves as secular party,” Farooq felt.

and Durrani filed a complaint against Khan in Rajendranagar and Golconda police stations. Khan was upset because of the cases filed against him and started having heart trouble. His elder son, Ibrahim, decided to take revenge for his father and planned Durrani’s murder with the help of the other accused. As per their plan, Ibrahim and the others went to Durrani’s house on November 4 and attacked him with knives. They then fled the scene. Durrani died on the spot. The police have booked a case of murder against them and the four accused were produced before a court, said Waheeduddin. The police are on the lookout for the two absconding accused.


AP to face Legislative Council elections



ndhra Pradesh is gearing up for the next round of elections; this time for the Legislative Council, not the Legislative Assembly. The Election Commission of India released a notification recently to hold election in three Graduates’ constituencies and an equal number of Teachers’ constituencies. The Graduates’ constituencies include East and West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur.

The Teachers’ constituencies include Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Vizag, Warangal, Khammam and Nalgonda. Both the Graduates’ and Teachers’ council constituencies of Medak, Nizamabad, Karimnagar and Adilabad are also facing election. These elections are scheduled to be held in the first quarter of next year as the term of these constituencies will expire on March 29, 2013.


As part of the arrangements for

the polls, the EC has begun the process of enrolling eligible voters to prepare electoral rolls. All recognised graduate degree holders are eligible for voting in Graduates’ council polls, while all teachers are eligible to vote in Teachers' constituency elections. Speaking to Postnoon, Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh Bhanwar Lal (left) said that the commission had begun the process of preparing electoral rolls for the council elections. “Apart from this, we are also undertaking a simultaneous process of corrections and updating of the details of existing voters. All modes of communication have been pressed into action for a wide publicity about the conduct of elections,” he said.


The council elections will also help Andhra Pradesh in creating a unique record in the history of the Election Commission. In a revolutionary move, the EC has decided to issue Electronic Photo Identity Card (EPIC) to the council voters from this election. The State will create a record of being the first state to implement this method.


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Time to step on the gas

Stopping the madness


ast year, we had reported how the traffic police had changed their tactics when it came to dealing with drunk drivers, and had arrested 347 in a matter of weeks. A majority of drunk drivers caught were driving high-end cars in the posh areas of the City. The police also refused to be swayed by the accused making distress calls to influential people.

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`58,000 the cost of each of the 20 new fogging machines bought by the GHMC recently. This despite evidence that fogging does not help control mosquito population.

I have come across many cases of abnormal rashes and breathing problems in children below the age of five who were exposed to fogging machines. Daya Krishna Reddy, doctor See page 6


With the number of CNG vehicles rising in the City, the scarcity of fueling stations is proving to be a major problem. Postnoon takes a look at the logistics of the CNG issue. RAHUL RAMAKRISHNA


he scant availability of CNG gas stations and pipelines has many mysteries behind it. Even as the State government continues to negotiate over the gas supplies in the KG-6 basin, let us take a closer look into why Hyderabad is yet to get its share of CNG supply. In 2010, amidst much celebration, the BGL (Bhagyanagar Gas Limited - a joint venture of GAIL and HPCL) had announced the laying of a CNG pipeline from Shamirpet to Bowenpally stretching over 32 kilometers. Just a few months after the initial din died down, the project ran into trouble with land acquisition and safety clearances from Peso (Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation). The 32kilometer pipeline was planned to supply CNG gas to 50 online retail outlets (domestic CNG filling stations) and 23 APSRTC gas depots. Two years later, the project


A need to save Telugu theatre from losing its sheen. Telugu theatre unlike its counterparts has failed to sustain itself. It is time that this dying art form is revived before it becomes a thing of the past.


Expert advice holds no meaning for GHMC. Entomologists have decried the use of fogging machines, as they have no effect on mosquito populations. But the GHMC goes ahead and buys more such machines.


No country for politicians in these angry times. Two MLAs were assaulted when they tried to broker peace. Even power can’t protect sometimes.


Much more behind CNG shortage in the City. A few months after the CNG project was launched, it ran into land and safety clearance troubles.

Number of CNG Vehicles Vehicle type Autos Cabs Cars Buses HGVs Total

Hyderabad 2,632 23 83 224 827

Rest of the State 4,254 19 232 253 152



Total 6,886 42 315 477 179 7,899

After the MIM withdrew support to the Congress, the police in Charminar have gone on alert especially for Friday. Barricades have been put up near Charminar and they have cordoned off the Mecca Masjid. The police has received information that MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and other MLAs will attend the Friday prayers and a large number of people will be present after prayers at the Chilla located opposite the Bhagya Lakshmi temple. The police have received information about possible trouble.

The column that teaches everyone something new about the way the City functions.

Diwali fails to take off for cracker merchants. Diwali was as noisy as ever in the City, but cracker merchants were upset with the drop in sales. So much for a shining Diwali.

ing PNG (Piped Natural Gas) was inaugurated at Shamirpet amidst much celebration. Over 21 households had begun using the piped gas in Nalsar University limits even as offi-




remains a dream, the reason being the severe shortage of GSA supply from KG-6 basin. But the piped gas dream flickered vaguely back to life in 2011, when a mother station supply-

cials promised 1,000 more connections in Alwal and Medchal. Eventually, as the State ran into gas and charcoal troubles, the 45 standard cubic meters of gas allocated to the City began to go down even as gas demand began soaring. The current official estimate of gas shortage in the City is 10 per cent of the 45 standard cubic meters. As of now BGL has opened 15 CNG stations in Balanagar and Chaderghat. According to the APSRTC, an unofficial 50,000 vehicles run on CNG. There was much enthusiasm shown from the department when it procured 120 CNG buses, but they were stopped from plying. However, officials from the civil supplies department are confident of overcoming the gas troubles. “Several representations are being made to the Cabinet to borrow more gas from Gujarat. But, due to many problems such as transportation and handling charges it is not being favoured,” says an official from the civil supplies department, Hyderabad.


NEWS BRIEFS Newlywed murdered by in-laws for dowry

Miyapur police arrest two for murder

CM to participate in council meeting

Fire mishap in timber godown





newlywed was allegedly murdered by her husband and inlaws early on Thursday in Rajendranagar. The victim, 21-year-old P Laxmi, was found dead throttled by a rope. Since the last five months, her husband, P Narsing, and her inlaws had been harassing her and demanding more dowry. A case has been booked.

he Miyanpur police arrested two people, Deva Naik and Narsing Rao, on Thursday for the murder of their friend, Narsimha Rao, a resident of Nawabpet Tandur in Ranga Reddy district. The three drank liquor in Janapriya Hills and started quarrelling over a petty issue. Naik and Rao got angry, beat Narsimha up and threw a boulder at him.

hief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy will participate in the Regional Council Meeting of Southern States in Bangalore today. The meeting is being held under the chairmanship of Union Home minister Susheel Kumar Shinde. The chief ministers of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu states are also likely to participate in the meeting.

locked timber godown caught fire on Thursday night. The godown is located in Vadi-E-Farhan, Bandlaguda of Old City. The incident took place after the owner had gone home. Timber worth lakhs was burnt in the incident. It took six fire teams to control the fire. No casualties have been reported in the incident. A complaint has been lodged.



ith Diwali and Children’s day around the corner celebrations were held at Angel KidsKachiguda, on Saturday 10th November, 2012 from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm, focussing mainly on children below five years of age. Angel Kids which completed a decade in pre-school education, organised a grand programme with the theme, “Incredible India”, where along with the present students, old students were also invited to the event, which involved a healthy dose of fun and adventure. While the school auditorium and Kindergarten class rooms were devoted exclusively for children with magic show, puppet show, jugglery, balloon twisting, tattoos, kids performances and various games like balloon shooting, darts and others; the other floor was totally

devoted to things that are Indian. This entire floor had an Indian ambience with bangle making, bindi decoration, parrot horoscope, mehendi, nail art, which were devoted to mothers accompanying the children and various corners like the City of Pearls (Hyderabad corner) decorative pots, festival (Diwali) corner with diyas and fire crackers, maa ooru (village), bommala

koluvu and pottery, Indian music, Indian food court, religious books corner (for religious tolerance), fruit carving and Rythu bazaar (to help kids understand that there are farmers behind the food we eat, as their exposure is limited to the supermarket. All these would enable children learn, understand, appreciate and discover Indian cultural heritage and tradition. In short, this fun filled event attended by more than 500 people, was to help children learn by experiencing. The icing on the cake was that every child got 10 Free Gift Coupons (redeemable at the event), signifying 10 years of loyalty and support of the children and their parents. As Children’s Day is celebrated today, we request you to kindly give coverage of the event in your esteemed News Paper.

Reshma Shetty, Principal – Angel Kids, 9391002258T

TREND Real estate sluggish this Diwali: Assocham


espite aggressive marketing and great offers made by developers on the eve of Diwali, the investment in property have remained lukewarm due to high prices of houses in and around the NCR region. Major factors cited have been high prices of land and the unprecedented rise in the cost of construction materials — iron, cement, labour etc, reveals the Assocham survey. There was a surge in demand of only 20 per cent on the eve of the festival comparing to the normal average sale per month. The builders and the investors say like in the past, they had been expecting 100 per cent jump both in new and the huge inventories lying at the disposal of the developers on festival seasons. The survey was carried out in major cities like Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune, Chandigarh, Dehradun

etc. The survey was able to gather information from 250 property dealers, 40 noted builders/ developers and 20 divisions of housing financing. A majority of the developers have complained that inordinate delays in getting necessary approvals result in cost and time overruns. The other factor reported was that in the absence of industry status resulting in, apathy of banks in financing the projects, adds the Assocham secretary general DS Rawat while releasing the survey. The property analysts have predicted that till March next year the demand for plots, houses and flats may drop by at least 15 to 20 per cent, said Rawat. Rawat also said although the prices had generally remained stable — both for commercial and residential properties, the lack of buoyancy and weak investor sentiments have added to the woes of developers. NSS

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GHMC gets back to fogging ways Despite the fact that fogging has no great effect on mosquito population and is harmful for people, the GHMC has bought 20 new fogging machines and put them to use in the City. ASIANET-PAKISTAN / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM



ith a rise in the number of dengue cases in the City, the GHMC has decided to put to use the infamous fogging machines again. Problem is, entomologists and health experts believe that fogging has no great effect on curbing mosquito population and is, in fact, harmful for people. It remains to be seen how long the GHMC will indulge its fancy for outdated fogging techniques rather than pulling up its sleeves to actually curb the growing mosquito menace. Technically, ‘foggers’ are used vastly in agriculture for spraying insecticides and fertilisers. Its usage as an anti-mosquito mechanism was adopted in the late '80s after DDT spray was found to be helpful in wiping out mosquitos. Currently, it is not clear whether the foggers use a mixture of DDT and kerosene oil, which helps produce the fog. Workers employed by the GHMC who operate the fogging machine do not know what chemical is being used. “I know that kerosene is the base oil which is used for burning and producing the fog,” says an operator, who was working the streets at Chikkadpally. DDT was later banned and experts say that

They have been known to breed in open sewers, drains and stagnant water. If authorities had any sense, they would stop fogging and cover or clean stagnant pools. R Chand Jain, entomologist

mosquitoes adapted to the chemical over the years. According to R Chand Jain, entomologist, “Mosquitoes can be controlled during their breeding stage. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which causes dengue and chikungunya, has been known to breed in large numbers in open sewers, drains and stagnant water pools. If our authorities had any sense, they would stop fogging localities and instead cover or clean stagnant water pools in localities. Other measures include bio-control and the usage of propane-powered lamps that trap these insects. Fogging is a useless and expensive procedure. “Instead of spending lakhs on useless technical equipment, they could have invested in a botanist or a zoologist who would be willing to help them


is the approximate cost of each additonal fogging machine that the GHMC has acquired.The GHMC has bought 20 new machines.

breed dragonfly naiads, which prey on mosquitoes. Investing in natural soil bacterium will help eliminate mosquito growth from the larval phase itself. But I do not think that t h e corporation is interested in doing any of the above. ” Very recently, the GHMC acquired 20 new fogging


machines, each of which cost at least `58,000. The running cost of a fogging machine depends on the amount of kerosene it burns per day. Assuming that at least five localities are covered in a single day, we are safe in assuming that at least 10 litres of kerosene is burnt. Furthermore, the GHMC has never spoken about a drive where more sensible, alternative methods of pest manage-

many cases of abnormal rashes and breathing problems in children below the age of five who were exposed to fogging machines.” An additional commissioner from the GHMC said, “There has been a lot of

ment are used. Dr Daya Krishna Reddy, a dermatologist, says, “The thick and viscous layer of oil on the fog cannot be easily rubbed off from the skin. I have come across

unwanted attention regarding their usage. But now, since we have brought them, we are using them. We will take steps in the future for alternative control measures.”

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What troubles Owaisi? A saduddin Owaisi is an honourable man, he won’t tell a lie. He gets worked up only when the word minority is mentioned. The patriarch of MIM takes up only one community issue, but he is keen on ‘secularism.’ And, we must all know, that he is the one who issues ‘secularism certificate.’ Till last week, Kiran Kumar Reddy was a secular chief minister and he had thanked the CM (who happens to be his old friend) for everything, including the unprecedented ‘compensation’ given to some Muslim youth who were found to be wrongfully incarcerated on terror charges. Well, the certificate has been withdrawn, instead, he has issued a red card printed with words, ‘non secular’ and a tag adds, ‘communal, pandering to the Hindu sentiments.’ Why? “All because the chief minister has asked the police to allow the law to takes its own course,” says V Hanumantha Rao, Congress leader and MP. What makes Rao livid with anguish is that the MIM used the Congress for all its selfish ends but now wants to throw it away liked a squeezed lemon. “The Congress government has done all the work asked by the MIM but I fail to understand why it has withdrawn its support to the Kiran Kumar Reddy government. The MIM has benefited a lot from the Congress government.” Now the cat is truly out. Who was indulging whom is quite clear, isn’t it? PK


As if all the tonnes of auto smoke, kitchen smoke and dust are not enough, the GHMC is bent on bringing back the outdated and dangerous fogging machines. Reporters who questioned the

sagacity of the move were told they don’t know what they are talking about. It did not impress upon the officials when told that fogging can’t kill winged insects as they have the freedom of movement and they simply fly away. But the corporation has gone ahead and procured more thermal foggers at the cost of the tax payers money. Entomologists have been caught by surprise as to why the GHMC does not focus on clearing water stagnation and cleaning up garbage pits in localities instead of using new thermal fogging machines. "It is their version of a health and sanitation drive, where useless smoke is pumped into our lungs at the cost of our money," says an entomologist. Reporters who cover the beat know what the entomologists don’t: it’s paisa bolta hai because there’s money in buying machines. RR

STANDING COMMITTEE’ AKA ‘SHARING & CARING COMMITTEE For the past several months, Standing Committee meetings have been a low key affair. Unlike in the past, this important governing body does not bother to brief the media of the agenda discussed and adopted. Why? The reason is not far to seek. It is that both ruling parties and opposition are one in sharing and caring. Highly contentious issues are settled within a week. For instance, the Teegala Krishna Reddy’s land exchange offer, which drew unwanted attention for the way it was adjourned, surprised many with its approval, the very next week. Oratorical sparks are doused with comforting words. Wags say they have never seen such sahakar among the committee mem-

bers. Alas! the standing committee meetings have turned themselves into mechanism of ‘sharing and caring’ and of greased palms, while continuing to function in dubious alliances. MN


MIM party and its leaders are considered moderate and they used to be respected. No longer. The impatient and rude youth do not believe in etiquette. Recently, two MLAs Ahmed Pasha Quadri and Mumtaz Ahmed Khan, suffered humiliation at the hands of some people who questioned their sincerity. The two leaders however returned a smile and departed. A few days ago the unruly elements had a clash with police and the two leaders tried to disperse them. They in turn received a volley of invectives and some even tried to physically assault Ahmed Pasha. In fact he fell on the road but nobody dared to confront such behaviour. The humiliated leaders left the scene. Wonder what’s happening to decency in public behaviour. MS


You may carp at the use of crackers in Diwali but cracker merchants differ. They are dejected, beaten and don’t know who to blame. “Sale is 50 per cent down this year,” says a merchant. As if to prove him right rows of stalls showed empty of customers. While it is good news for nature lovers, merchants who bank on it for a profit are sad. They say the debilitating fire at a cracker unit in Mudalipatti, Shivakasi has had its echo on the production. (Contributed by Inkeshaf Ahmed, Mohd Nizamuddin, Mohd Subhan, Srinivas Setty, Rahul Ramakrishna and P K Surendran)


Cracker merchants complain that sales were down by 50 per cent this year.



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Telugu theatre, unlike Hindi and English, is slowly fading away. Existing theatre groups continue to stage either epic dramas or plays that were written more than 50 years ago. Youngsters perceive it as boring and at times there are more people on stage than off it. HEMANTH KUMAR


heatre as an art form has been in existence for almost 2000 years in India. Works of great poets and writers have been adapted as stage plays and for the longest time, it was the only means of popular entertainment all over the country. The situation was no different in Andhra Pradesh. Epic dramas like Ramayana and Mahabharata have been adapted innumerable times on stage and the emergence of new writers in the late 19th century heralded a new era in Telugu theatre. Playwrights like Kandukuri Veeresalingam and Guruzada Apparao brought sea changes in terms of the content and slowly Telugu theatre became a medium to depict social issues and hardships people were facing in preIndependence era. Guruzada Apparao’s Kanyasulkam, Chilakamarti Lakshmi Narasimham’s Gayopakhyanam, Bellary Raghava’s Tappevaridi and Kallakoori Narayana Rao’s Vara Vikrayam were a few such plays that made waves back then. Theatre has been an integral part of evolution of Telugu culture for over a century which

is precisely the reason why its decline post 1990s is a matter of concern. The future of Telugu theatre seems bleak and unless drastic measures are taken to revive people’s interest in Telugu theatre it might end up as a distant memory of a glorious past. Unlike English or Hindi theatre, not many people talk about Telugu theatre these days. Although the State government has been doing its best to revive Telugu theatre, the message hasn’t reached the masses in a big way. Film director Krish says, “It’s not just Telugu, but even English and Hindi theatres are slowly dying. We have had thes-

pians like Bellary Raghava who had admirers like Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore and George Bernard Shaw. Moreover, our first heroine Kamalabai, who acted in Bhakta Prahalada in 1931, is from Surabhi theatre group. Ironically, Surabhi theatre group, which has been in existence for almost 100 years, is struggling for survival. The entire group is from the same family and they have dedicated their entire lives to theatre. Sometimes, there are more people on stage than off it, but they continue doing it because they want the art to live on.” For a long time, Krish had


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What used to once be a part of the evolution of Telugu culture is dying a slow death and unless drastic measures are taken for its revival, a glorious chapter in the evolution of our culture will be gone with the wind. Postnoon finds out more about the current scenario. been toying with the idea of making a documentary on the lives of members of Surabhi, but that didn’t happen. Instead, he made the protagonist of his upcoming film Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum, a reluctant artist from Surabhi theatre group, to highlight the group’s passion for theatre and economic hardships. Popular actor, writer and director Thanikella Bharani opines that the influence of cinema and TV has taken a heavy toll on theatre. “Everyone wants to make it big on TV and films because of monetary benefits. People make about `500-2,000 a day and Telugu theatre artistes don’t even enough to sustain. Having said that, I don’t blame people for not showing interest in Telugu theatre. If a play is good, people will come to see it. Recently, at Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival, I staged my play Gograhanam, which I had written in the 80s, and it received standing ovation. At the end of the day, the future of Telugu theatre lies in the hands of youngsters.”


The first few decades of Telugu cinema saw a major influx of actors, writers and directors who had made it big in theatre. Film

historian Harikrishna Mamidi reveals, “Theatre was more like a training institute for most actors and directors before 1970s. People like Dasari Narayana Rao, Parachuri Brothers, Mullapudi Venkata Ramana made a successful crossover from theatre to films. However, there was a major paradigm shift in the late 80s when the legal heirs of yesteryear actors took over the reins. That was the time when Venkatesh, Nagarjuna and Balakrishna had entered the industry. Later, several institutes like FTII, Madhu Film Institute, sprang up which trained aspir-

Telugu theatre is more dynamic than English or Hindi theatre. Singing and dancing are its USP and it needs more stamina and discipline to stage a Telugu play. Pratyusha Sharma Octopus Studio

ing actors and directors in cinema. Slowly, the interdependence between cinema and theatre reduced. By early 90s, directors and writers became more interested in Hollywood, Bollywood and films from other languages rather than Telugu plays and literature.” The popularity of films and TV almost wiped out Telugu theatre as a major source of entertainment in the 90s. Interestingly, this led to a sea change in how Telugu theatre evolved to survive the onslaught of cinema. “In the past couple of decades, theatre began imitating cinema for survival. They began including dialogues and songs from popular films in their plays to attract the audience,” Harikrishna says.


In recent years, Hyderabad Central University and Telugu University have introduced degree programs in performing arts to encourage more youngsters to take up theatre as a profession. Moreover, every year, the State government organises Nandi Natakotsavalu. While most youngsters rarely show interest in Telugu theatre, Rahul Reddy, a 26-yearold theatre critic and actor, had other plans. He is the founder of

Octopus Studio, which recently staged Gograhanam at Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival. Pratyusha Sharma, who’s also part of Octopus Studio, is working with Rahul to revive people’s interest in Telugu theatre. “We want to drive home the point that Telugu theatre doesn’t have to be commercially unviable. The biggest problem today is that contemporary plays are not being written and most of the existing theatre groups stage Pouranikam (epic dramas),” Rahul says. Pratyusha adds, “Telugu theatre is a lot more dynamic than English or Hindi theatre. Singing and dancing are its USP which is why it needs a lot more stamina and discipline to stage a Telugu play. The tragedy today is that everyone wants a big role and be a star overnight. That’s almost impossible in plays. There’s also a lot bias against Telugu theatre in English media.” The road ahead for Telugu theatre is bleak, but there’s a small ray of hope. With doyens like Thanikella coming forward to support youngsters, Rahul and Pratyusha hope that more playwrights will follow. “We need a push from the veterans and enthusiasm of the youngsters to change the perception that Telugu theatre is boring.”




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FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER KC PANT DEAD India's former defence minister and Planning Commission deputy chairman Krishna Chandra Pant died of a heart attack here Thursday. He was 81. Pant died of a heart attack at his residence here Thursday morning, sources close to the family said. He is survived by wife Ila and sons Ranjan and Sunil.


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PM calls Gogoi, assures help as toll rises to 6 NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called up Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to discuss the law and order situation in the state after clashes in Kokrajhar and Gossaigaon, where six people have died since Saturday. In the telephone call late Thursday, Manmohan Singh expressed grief and shock over the incidents and assured that the Central government would take all necessary measures to curb the violence and assist the state government in restoring normalcy. “The prime minister spoke to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who briefed him on the situation in the state. He said the state government is taking all necessary steps to ensure peace and stability,” said a

HIGH COURT Dying declaration not sole criteria: HC NAGPUR: The Bombay High Court has observed that a dying declaration cannot be the sole criteria for conviction and in case of two contrasting views, the one favourable to the accused should be adopted. A division bench of justices Pratap Hardas and Ashok Bhangale said, “The criminal court has to bear in mind that if two views are possible upon the evidence led then the one favourable to the accused should be adopted to prevent miscarriage of justice which can result by conviction of an innocent.” On this basis, the court acquitted a woman who was accused of killing another woman by setting her on fire. Sharifabi, 66, from Amravati, was convicted by a sessions court last year for setting on fire Shaydabi, following which the latter died. Sharifabi was sentenced to life imprisonment, based on the deceased’s dying declaration. However, she challenged the verdict in HC. PTI

Two factions of the insurgent group NDFB locked horns, which triggered the violence. statement by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). “The prime minister also talked to the union home minister and


asked him to extend all possible assistance to the Assam government in tackling the situation,” the statement added. Two people were killed in Kokrajhar Thursday, taking the toll to six since Nov 10. According to media reports, two factions of the Bodo insurgent group National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) locked horns, which triggered the violence. Kokrajhar and Chirang districts, which form Assam’s BTAD (Bodoland Territorial Area Districts) along with Udalguri and Baksa, had witnessed one of the worst communal clashes earlier this year which led to the death of over 100 people and displacement of over four lakh people from their homes. IANS

NEWS BRIEFS Tusker tramples man to death; friend escapes attack MADIKERI (KARNA): A lone tusker trampled a man to death while his friend escaped the attack at nearby Aigoor village today, police said. They said the duo were walking down a forest path to reach the village in search of diesel after their vehicle ran out of fuel when the pachyderm attacked them. Villagers later staged a demonstration against the forest department's 'inaction' in preventing such incidents and demanded immediate action.

MUMBAI: The condition of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray continues to remain stable. Late last night, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray said his father’s health was improving and stable. “Balasaheb is responding to medical treatment,” Uddhav had said. Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and other prominent persons from the field of politics, cinema and industry visited the Uddhav Thackeray with son Thackeray residence Aditya interacts with the Matoshri to enquire about the crowd of Shiv Sena supportSena supremo’s health. ers in Mumbai on Thursday. Eighty six-year-old Thackeray, who had been ailing since some time, turned very critical on Wednesday night. But his health is said to be stable since yesterday. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up around Matoshri. PTI


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The good old peddlar It matters not what you do to make a living. This is the story of a pot dealer who donated half of his proceeds made over two days last week to victims of Sandy.


pot dealer in Brooklyn, N.Y., donated half of his proceeds made over two days last week to victims of Hurricane Sandy, reported the Huff Post. Speaking on the condition on anonymity, the dealer said he didn’t care about the implications of turning drug money into supplies for victims in the Rockaways, N.Y., some of whom are still without power. He raised $700 for the cause. “Look, there are probably some people down there [in the Rockaways] who want some marijuana — but that’s not going to clothe and feed them,” he said. “So in order for me to help, I needed to turn what I do into something concrete that I could give to them.” The weed dealer, who has been to college, said he decided to contribute after he saw the devastation in Breezy Point —some 80 homes flooded and burned to the ground. Orders via phone calls started coming in after he told his clientele that the proceeds would go to charity. The dealer says he made


Woman froze dead baby to keep it SEVILLE (SPAIN): A Spanish woman accused of killing her newborn baby says the child was stillborn and she kept the body in the freezer in her home so she could keep it, sources linked to her family told EFE. Sara L.H., 34, has been in jail since Monday in the southern town of Sanlucar la Mayor on a court order after being accused of murder in the death of her baby, which forensic officials said was born 17 months before being found in the freezer at the family home in the town of Pilas. The woman appeared convinced that the child was born dead, because after the birth she saw it was not breathing, and she then put it in the freezer “because she didn’t want to part with it”, a friend of the family said. The preliminary autopsy report delivered to the judge established that the child had been born alive, although the exact causes of its death have not yet been determined.

Dumbest 911 calls ever The following is a list of the most wierdest 911 calls. n Joshua Basso, 32, called 911 to request female deputies be sent to his home for “sexual gratification.” He was arrested on Aug. 24 and confessed to making the lewd phone calls. n Police in Tampa, Fla., arrested Robert Hagerman for calling 911 on his daughter after she refused to buy him a beer. n Clyde Hobbs was arrested in May, 2012 for allegedly calling 911 at least 17 times -- to talk dirty to operators. He’d been arrested several times in the past for the same crime. When cops arrived to collar him, Hobbs asked, “Are you here to arrest me again?” n Michael Barker called 911 repeatedly in Hudson, Fla. asking them to fetch him a taxi and saying that he lost

$1,400 in two days. The $700 will go toward hot meals, diapers, formula, clean water and other supplies that people on the Rockaway Peninsula still desperately need. He also bought 50 wool blankets that

will likely go to residents who are still without power. “Yes, I made a little extra money for myself those two days,” he told HuffPost Crime. “But [my clients] are getting something they’d already get

anyway. I was going to work regardless, and now I felt like I was doing it with purpose ... I’m not doing what I do in order to get rich or create some super marijuana empire. I’m trying to help, and this is my job.”





AUSTRALIA, PALM COVE : The Diamond Ring effect is shown following totality of the solar eclipse at Palm Cove in Australia’s Tropical North Queensland on November 14, 2012. Eclipse-hunters have flocked to Queensland’s tropical northeast to watch the region’s first total solar eclipse in 1,300 years on November 14, which occurred as the moon passed between the earth and the sun, casting a shadow path on the globe and AFP lasting for a maximum on the Australian mainland of 2 minutes and 5 seconds.


his football. Cops arrested him for allegedly misusing the emergency system on Feb. 20, 2012. Everett Lages was arrested when he allegedly called 911 after he was not allowed to bring his kitten inside a strip club. Rother McLennon of East Hartford, Conn., called 911 and complained that he “specifically asked for little turkey and little ham, a lot of cheese and a lot of mayonnaise,” and the Grateful Deli in East Hartford got it wrong. John R. Pacella called 911 at 4 a.m. and told the operator he “wanted to see an officer because he wanted to fight with them.” When police showed up at his door, he began pushing and shoving officers. He was promptly arrested. Christian Luckett placed 10 calls to 911 to complain about his service at a Skyline Chili restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio. Source: Huffington Post



FEDEX, UPS PROBED FOR ONLINE DRUG SALES FedEx and United Parcel Service are being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in a probe of prescription medication sales by online pharmacies, the two US package delivery companies said Thursday.


Israel braces for assault As Palestinian deaths from air strikes rose to 16, Defence Minister Ehud Barak gave the all-clear for 30,000 reservists to be called up, with the army.



WASHINGTON: The CIA has launched an internal inquiry following the resignation of its director David Petraeus, who confessed to an extramarital affair, a spokesman for the US intelligence agency said. “If there are lessons to be learned from this case, we’ll use them to improve,” said the spokesman, Preston Golson. “But we’re not getting ahead of ourselves. An investigation is exploratory and doesn’t presuppose any particular outcome.”



Israelis sit outside a bomb shelter as they prepare to spend the night in it in the southern Israeli town of Beersheva. AFP/MENAHEM KAHANA

ADEL ZAANOUN Agence France-Presse GAZA CITY: Israel gave the go-ahead to call up 30,000 reservists and warned it was ready to expand its offensive in the Gaza Strip after militants targeted Tel Aviv with rockets for the first time since the 1991 Gulf War. The militants defied a major Israeli bombing campaign across Gaza on Thursday, firing off volleys of rockets which killed three Israelis and sparked panic in Tel Aviv. As Palestinian deaths from relentless air strikes rose to 16, Defence Minister Ehud Barak gave the all-clear for 30,000 reservists to be called up, with the army saying it was “in the process of expanding the campaign.” Among 11 Palestinians

We’ve urged those who have a degree of influence with Hamas such as Turkey an Egypt to use that influence to urge Hamas to de-escalate. Wendy R Sherman US Under Secretary

Jaabari is Netanyahu’s Osama. It is proof of his success in hunting down a senior terror leader.” Haaretz newspaper Editorial

killed on Thursday were five militants, two children and a teacher at a United Nations-run school, medics and a UN official said. Two brothers were among the other three dead. In a surprise move, Egypt announced that Prime Minister Hisham Qandil would visit Gaza on Friday, as Washington urged Cairo to use its influence to try to halt the violence. But Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement remained defiant, ruling out talk of a truce even as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned he was ready to “significantly expand” the campaign, codenamed Operation Pillar of Defence. Senior cabinet minister Moshe Yaalon warned on his official Twitter account that Israel was considering all

options, “including the possibility that forces will be ready to enter Gaza in the event that the firing doesn’t stop.” “Whoever continues attacking us, his blood will be on his own head.” The violence sparked deep concern internationally and prompted an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

Warplanes pound Gaza Israeli war planes carried out multiple new air strikes on the Gaza Strip, including several hits on Gaza City on Friday morning, AFP reporters and Hamas security sources said. “There have been 130 strikes overnight until now,” Hamas interior ministry spokesman Islam Shahwan said, citing “tens of strikes” across Gaza on Friday morning, as AFP correspondents in Gaza City reported multiple raids.

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HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s bustling shopping district of Causeway Bay has knocked New York’s Fifth Avenue off the top of the list of most expensive places to rent retail space in the world, new research shows. The Big Apple’s most famous shopping street lost its top ranking for the first time in 11 years.

WASHINGTON: A train crashed into a parade float carrying veterans in the US state of Texas on Thursday, killing four people and injuring 17 others, local media reported. The float was carrying veterans and their wives as part of the annual Show of Support parade in the town of Midland, the Midland Reporter-Telegram reported.

UNITED NATIONS: The UN has protested to the Syrian government for claiming it had UN permission to attack rebel opponents in the Golan Heights. “We regard it as serious that Syrian authorities would claim that a UN official would approve activities in violation of Security Council resolutions,” Herve Ladsous said.

WASHINGTON: BP agreed to pay a record $4.5 billion in US fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and pleaded guilty to 14 counts including felony manslaughter in the deaths of 11 workers. Two of the energy giant’s on-board supervisors also face involuntary manslaughter charges for failing to prevent the April 20, 2010 explosion.

Is the amount the BBC will pay former British politician, Lord Alistair McAlpine in damages over a news report that led to him being falsely accused of child sex abuse.

OBAMACARE DEADLINE US states will be given additional time to decide whether to put in place a key aspect of President Barack Obama’s health care reform program, the administration’s top health policy official said Thursday. In a letter to governors of Louisiana and Virginia, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said that states now will be given until December 14 to decide whether to put in place their own “state-based exchange” — or online marketplaces — aimed at helping consumers and small businesses shop for healthcare coverage.

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The madness of theatre THE HUMAN CONDITION Dean Williams


henever I think of theatre, my favourite playwright looms into view in all his brooding angst and diabolical wit. For me John Osborne is the Titan of theatre, his plays waspish yet heaving with an intellectual self-confidence. But what is about the theatre that makes it tower over other mediums of entertainment. To answer that there’s no better person than Jimmy Porter, the protagonist of Osborne’s finest work, Look Back in Anger: “Nearly two years in the same room as you and I still can't stop my sweat breaking out when I see you do something as ordinary as cooking or leaning over the ironing board. Trouble is... you get used to people, even their trivialities become indispensable to you.” At the theatre actions often speak louder than words. Porter’s ‘trivialities’ become much more than that. They become balloons that float high into the amphitheatre carrying memories and emotions only to burst showering a multitude of feelings down on the audience. That Telugu theatre is struggling to find an audience in Hyderabad, is sad indeed. While it’s easy to blame an apathetic populace, it’s a cop-out. The Telugu theatre fraternity needs to not only find material that is contemporary, but must rebrand itself in an age where entertainment is gulped, rather than sipped through an artistic straw. Sir Laurence Olivier once said: “Art is an exhalation of life and I think I you probably need a little touch of madness.” Telugu theatre needs to grasp that madness and thrive.


HFT is mighty impressed with Swedish and PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. That fourth goal against England on Wednesday night was a doozy (check it out on YouTube it’s jaw-dropping). And now Zlatan can rightfully be the tool he is without much worry about his critics.





hey’ve had a good run. Years. Decades. Maybe longer. And it’s been an impressive run. Nationwide in its scope, with participation across classes, castes, and states. With few challenges or objections, and virtually no intervention from the law. And yet, after all these years, I think we can agree that it’s time for the run to come to an end. I am, of course, talking about men urinating pretty much anywhere and everywhere they want to in public in India. On walls, on streets, in fields, in sewers, on buildings – you name pretty much any place accessible to men, and some that probably aren’t, and men have peed there. Now, I’ve heard all the arguments why this national pastime must continue. There is the “There aren’t enough bathrooms in India” line of thought. But that one’s tossed away as easily as a handful of toilet paper, with one simple insight: women seem to find bathrooms. So why can’t men? And then there’s the “Why does it matter anyway?” argument. Why does it matter? Why does it matter that men hose down a significant part of the country on a daily – no, on an hourly basis – in urine? Do I really need to honor this line of questioning with an answer? I

think not. The question is really as simple as this: how do we stop it. Well, your trusted Anonymous Alien is here with a plan, three surefire ways to put an end to the daily flood. My first method. Let’s call it the megaphone method. Let’s just all agree that anytime we see someone peeing on the side of the road, we are going to unceremoniously mock them. Loudly. We will roll down our windows and hoot and holler and point and yell things like, “This man is urinating in public. I repeat, this man is urinating in public” while they are in the act of peeing. I feel confident that if enough of us get on board with this approach, we can quickly

put a dent into the population of men doing their evil deed in public. My second method. Let’s start a website called something like “” Any of us who see a peeing man can pull out our handy-dandy smart phone, snap a few shots, or, better yet, shoot a bit of video. Then post it on the website. Do this for long enough, it will start to get some media attention, and that could put a dent in the peeing ritual. And, my third method. Have cops start to ticket men who are peeing in public. That’s right, have them just walk up and write them a ticket, right in the middle of their act. I think once word spreads that police

will ticket you for peeing, the practice will reduce considerably. Make no mistake: none of these methods will vanquish the act from India overnight. But, given time, it will, correctly, start to create a culture of shame around peeing anywhere men want to pee. And wouldn’t that make us all just a little happier about beloved India? I would say more on this topic, but I got to go. Oops! Wait a second. Somebody’s pointing a camera at me. I think I’ll go another time. You can reach The Anonymous Alien at AnonymousAlieninIndia@

EDITORIALS Israel vs Hamas: There will be blood CIA in its element


ews that Israel has called up 30,000 reservists in what is said to be preparation for a ground assault on Gaza may come as no shock to neutral observers who have watches the region descend into political farce. Benjamin Netanyahu, a hawk himself, has surrounded himself with those keen on dismissing the Middle East peace process altogether. Bibi was relying heavily on a Mitt Romney win in the US presidential elections to put some weight behind what he considers a knockout punch against Hamas. Romney, however, is but a distant memory, and Bibi’s prickly relationship with President Obama means that he may not get the support he needs if he launches a ground assault on Gaza. Obama must stand firm here and not kowtow to the pro-Israel lobby in Washington. Bibi and company must put the issue of an independent Palestinian state back on the table, and pull his tanks back. Hamas must stop firing rockets into Israel, and allow the more moderate and progressive Palestinian politicians to do the talking. But between Netanyahu and Hamas, it looks like more innocent blood will flow.



he CIA is back and doing what it does best: snooping into the lives of others. Forget the intelligence fiasco that was 9/11 and Benghazi, the venerable organisation is now looking into its former director General David Petraeus’s murky shenanigans. Did he pass classified documents to his lover? Was he too kinky for such a lofty post? Ooo! Now that’s intelligence.

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hen Drumberries calls out to Hyderabad once a month to ‘Aao Bajaao’, the city enthusiastically heads over to get with the beat in an open drum circle. At their latest session, the age of participants ranged from 26 months to over 60 years — such is the reverberation of their reach! Meet Vehaan and Meghna, co-founders of Drumberries. A composer, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Vehaan is trying to rekindle our instinctive pull toward percussion and rhythm. He explains,

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them to flow freely, express themselves and experience togetherness.” Meghna, who is a psychologist-turned-sound engineer, and conducts theatre and personality development workshops at Drumberries, shares further, “When people come together to play, they experience harmony with themselves and the universe and hence the euphoria, the calm. Today’s transient and challenging environment leads to a lot of stress, disconnect and loneliness. Drumming together helps people connect and create something that is greater than oneself; they feel such a strong connect as a group and this essentially is a basic need for all of us. It’s a fabulous way to have fun, relax, make new friends and feel connected.” Apart from their Aao Bajaao sessions, Drumberries has also undertaken a philanthropic initiative called Muskaan at the Pediatric Palliative Care Centre, MNJ Institute of Oncology Regional Cancer Centre. They also organise workshops and sessions for corporates, educational institutes, organisations and events. What started as a novel concept with just 21 drums has grown to be able to accommodate more than 2,000 people in a single session! Vehaan says, “It has been an amazing journey so far. We want to see Drumberries reaching out to everyone, being incorporated in educational institutions to corporate houses, and wellness centres. It can surely make our world a better and harmonious place to live.”

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The Rolling Stones turn 50


ormed in Dartford in 1962, the Rolling Stones have gone on to become one of the most iconic rock and roll bands to have ever walked the Earth.

With more than 100 singles, two dozen studio albums and numerous compilations and live albums the Stones have survived to turn 50 this year. Tongue and Lip Design for the Rollings stones was designed by John Pasche in 1971. One of the most recognised band logos of all times, the logo was the result of Mick Jagger approaching the Royal College of Art in 1969 looking for artists to create images for

the band. The inspiration in some ways for the logo was Jaggers own features — his rather huge lips and mouth. The bands logo was re-released worked on by Shepard Farely was re-released this year. GRRR! a compilation album was released this month to commemorate 50 years of Rolling Stones. The album art features artwork by Walton Ford, where king-kong sports the tongue and lips logo.





Tease is dedicating this night for the men. One complimentary drink will be offered for the men in the house for every drink his accompanying lady orders.




Getting the mix right DEEPAK DESHPANDE 1

Guests came in droves to Taj Vivanta where a cake mixing event was organised. Spotted were Miss Hyderabad contestants Sneh, Alice and others. 2

A grand opening 2


1 Rummy Azad 2 Anita, Kashish 3 Sneh, Alice, Subhashini 4 Shalini Badruka

The launch of Naturals Spa at West Marredpally turned out to be a gala event. Tollywood actress Kamna Jethmalani graced the do. 3

5 Sherry Zaveri, Manolia,

Nilofer 6 Sandeep 7 Surabhi 6




1 Parmita, Savita 2 Kamna Jethmalani 3 Madhuri

SBH facilitates learning centre


Bangalore-based band Lagori gave an energetic performance at Hard Rock Cafe on Thursday. The band makes music with a melodic twist and intensity. Visitors to HRC had a blast as the eclectic group of musicians performed.

State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH) under CSR is facilitating a learning centre in ZPHS Moinabad, Rangareddy Dist. Inaugurated by V Suresh Babu, Chief General Manager of SBH on Children’s Day, the learning centre will help around 3,000 students from class 3 to 10 from 27 government schools in Moinabad to have hands on practical application in science and mathematic concepts taught in schools. SBH has donated and established the facility at a cost of `11.25 lakh.


The fans are equally divided in the City, while screenings are being held for the Shah Rukh Khan movie, Bunty Bagga and Ashok made sure that Ajay Devgn starrer Son of Sardar also gets its due. The ďŹ lm was screened at INOX on Thursday.



GENE THAT GIVES HUMANS EDGE OVER APES DECODED Researchers have discovered a new gene which they say helps explain how humans evolved from chimpanzees.The gene, called miR-941, is carried only by humans and it appeared after humans evolved from apes and played a crucial role in human brain development and could shed light on how we learned to use tools and language.


Keep a check on this



Hypocalcemia refers to a condition in which the levels of serum calcium in the blood are low. ANISHAA KUMAR

ness, cramps, altered mental capacity and also heart rhythm problems.”



number of elements come together and help constitute the human body. The deficiency and excess of these elements can cause various conditions. One such condition is known as hypocalcemia. According to Dr J Anish Anand, internal medicine specialist, Apollo Hospital, “Hypocalcemia is the deficiency or resistance to parathyroid hormone or the deficiency of vitamin D.” The symptoms for hypocalcaemia can range from being asymptomatic to causing heart problems. Dr Anand says, “The symptoms depend on how fast the hormone or vitamin is becoming deficient. Once it progresses it can cause problems such as tingling or numbness, spasms, fits, weakness, dry-


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Kuru is a very rare disease. It is caused by an infectious protein (prion) found in contaminated human brain tissue. Kuru is found among people from New Guinea who practiced a form of cannibalism in which they ate the brains of dead people as part of a funeral ritual. This practice stopped in 1960, but cases of kuru were reported for many years afterward because the disease has a long incubation period.

Talking about the possible causes Dr Anish says, “This occurs when the parathyroid hormone does not function properly. The level of calcium can also reduce due to various reasons such as serious illness or medical conditions, blood transfusion and certain medications. The depletion of calcium can occur in the elderly without any reason. Hypocalcaemia may also occur if the vitamin D level is low.”

TEST A number of tests may be done for determining

whether a person is suffering from hypocalcemia such as serum calcium, parathyroid hormone, magnesium, phosphorous and a separate test may be required to be done as the albumin levels may interfere with the serum calcium level thus not providing an accurate result.

TREATMENT “In acute cases, treatment may include calcium glucomide through an IV. When It comes to chronic hypocalcaemia, doctors treat the cause. For a parathyroid hormone deficiency the patient may be prescribed a vitamin D and oral calcium supplement or also surgery,” says Dr Anand.

PREVALENCE Dr Anish says that hypocalcemia can occur in any age. Unless it causes major problems or is discovered during a regular blood test it is not known. In severe cases, medical attention is required.



Bone is stronger than some steel

William House

This doesn’t mean your bones can’t break of course, as they are much less dense than steel. Bone has been found to have a tensile strength of 20,000 psi while steel is much higher at 70,000 psi. Steel is much heavier than bone, however, and pound for pound bone is the stronger material.

William House is credited with inventing cochlear implants. In 1961 Dr William House, John Doyle and James Doyle commenced work on a single-channel device in Los Angeles. Their implant was also a single-channel device but, in this case, the speech was modulated onto a carrier of 16 kHz. The device, manufactured by 3M, was ultimately implanted in some thousand or so recipients and paved the way for future development.


health FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012



Vitamin D in pregnancy may prevent multiple sclerosis According to researchers, Vitamin D supplements for pregnant women in the world’s colder, darker countries may stave off multiple sclerosis (MS) in their offspring. PARIS: Researchers said that they have found evidence that Vitamin D supplements for pregnant women in the world’s colder, darker countries may stave off multiple sclerosis (MS) in their offspring. The finding adds to a growing body of work showing a link between low Vitamin D levels and the disease, which sees the immune system attacking the body’s own nerve fibres. Data on more than 1,50,000 MS patients born in places north of 52 degrees, revealed a heightened risk for those born in April — a month preceded by a long period without sunlight, said a paper in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. Of the total, 13,300 were born in April compared to 11,600 in November — a lower-risk month after summer in the northern hemisphere, British researchers wrote. “Month of birth has a significant effect on subsequent MS risk,” they said. “This is likely to be due to ultraviolet light exposure and maternal Vitamin D levels. They added, though, it could also be “any factor that varies in a similar seasonal and latitudinal manner”. The data was taken from individuals born between 1930 and 1980, from studies done in Britain, the United States, Italy, Israel, Finland, Scotland, Sweden and

Canada -- parts of which see little sunlight between the months of October and March. About 100,000 people in Britain and about 400,000 in the United States are believed to suffer from MS, a disease that affects vision, movement, balance, sensation, bladder control and eventually also memory and thinking. There is no cure. Study co-author Sreeram Ramagopalan from the Queen Mary University of London told AFP the findings amounted to an added MS risk of five percent for people born in April — about five extra births per million. “Pregnant mothers need to ensure they are Vitamin D replete at all times,” Ramagopalan said in an email exchange. “Because Vitamin D deficiency is a massive problem at the moment due to living at high latitudes and lifestyle changes (wearing sunscreen etc), mothers may need to take several thousand international units of Vitamin D3 to become Vitamin D replete.” Humans need Vitamin D, which our bodies produce from exposure to sunlight or extract from food, for healthy bones. Suspected links between a lack of vitamin D and an increased risk of death, including from heart disease and certain types of cancer, have been the subject of medical research for several

years. Researchers have also focused on its possible role in MS. “It is thought that maternal Vitamin D levels during pregnancy affect the immune status of the developing foetus, and hence modulates subsequent MS risk,” wrote the authors. North of 52 degrees latitude lies the northern parts of England, the Scandinavian countries, and most of Russia and Canada. No studies from the southern hemisphere were included in the analysis. AFP

Rare gene defect triples the risk of Alzheimer’s WASHINGTON: Scientists have discovered a rare gene defect that increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by three-fold. The finding by an international team of researchers is set to be the most influential gene discovery for Alzheimer’s. It could have major implications for understanding the causes of the disease. Researchers led by John Hardy, from the Institute of Neurology at University College London used new sequencing techniques to home in on the TREM2 gene. Additional TREM2 sequencing was then performed, in part. These studies led to identification of a set of rare variants in TREM2 that occurred more often in 1,092 Alzheimer’s patients than in a control group of 1,107 healthy people. The most common variant, R47H, was then evaluated in follow-up studies of a large number of Alzheimer’s disease patients. Researchers spearheaded the direct genotyping and analysis of R47H in DNA samples from 1,994 Alzheimer’s disease patients and 4,062 “control” participants — individuals verified not to have Alzheimer’s. Studies showed unequivocally that the R47H variant of TREM2 substantially increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. “The TREM2 variant may be rare, but it is potent. In our series, it was present in 1.9 per cent of the patients and in only 0.37 per cent of the controls,” Minerva Carrasquillo, a neuroscientist with the Mayo Clinic. “R47H isn’t fully penetrant meaning that not all people who have the variant will develop Alzheimer’s,” said Carrasquillo. “R47H is the first goldilocks variant to show strong association with Alzheimer’s,” Steven Younkin said. PTI


‘Iron control’ to prevent malaria: Study

LONDON: Scientists have discovered a new ‘iron control’ strategy to develop tolerance against malaria parasite, by controlling the accumulation of iron. Researchers led by Miguel Soares from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC) Portugal, discovered that the development of severe forms of malaria can be

prevented. They found that expression of a gene that neutralises iron inside cells, named H-Ferritin, reduces oxidative stress preventing tissue damage and death. Infected individuals activate a series of defence mechanisms that aim at eliminating the parasite. However, this is not totally

efficient in terms of avoiding severe forms of the disease. It was known that restricting iron availability to pathogens can reduce their virulence, that is, their capacity to cause disease, Alpha Galileo Foundation reported. However, this defence strategy causes accumulation of toxic

iron in tissues and organs, which can lead to tissue damage. Researchers demonstrated that the infected host overcomes this problem by inducing the expression of H-Ferritin, which detoxifies iron. The protective effect of H-Ferritin prevents the development of severe and lethal forms of malaria in mice. PTI






Tamil actor Vijay has finally had a breakthrough in the state, if the initial response for his latest film Thuppakki is anything to go by.



t has been a terrible year for most big-budget, dubbed films in Telugu. Right from Shankar’s Snehitudu to recent Suriya, Kajal starrer Brothers, none of the films managed to set the cash registers ringing unlike a gamut of Tamil films that were well received in 2011. The prerelease buzz over this week’s latest release Thuppakki starring Vijay and Kajal wasn’t that encouraging either; however, the film caught a lot of people by surprise, if the initial response is anything to go by. Directed by AR Murugadoss, the film has Vijay playing an army officer who must stop a terrorist organisation from wrecking havoc in Mumbai. After a lot of confusion on the first day, the film released across the state on November 14 and sources say that in several parts of the state, the film registered more than 70% occupancy. The word of mouth about the film is quite positive so far and if reports are to be believed, it might be Vijay’s biggest hit in Andhra Pradesh. So far, none of his films like Nanban, Vettaikaran, Kuruvi, Villu and Azhagiya Tamizh Magan managed to do well at box office. So far, Vijay was the only actor among the top stars in Tamil, who had negligible impact in AP. Amidst these circumstances, the success of Thuppakki’s Telugu version comes as a huge respite for Vijay and it looks like, the film will finally break the jinx for Vijay in AP. Harris Jayaraj had scored the music and Santosh Sivan was the cinematographer.

CINE BYTES Mirchi’s audio launch on December 10


rabhas, Anushka and Richa starrer Mirchi is in last leg of production. Koratala Siva is directing the film. The first teaser of the film will be unveiled on November 18 and the film’s audio is going to be launched on December 10. Devi Sri Prasad has composed the music.

Siddharth’s film nears completion


iddharth’s upcoming film is nearing completion. “My Nandini Reddy film with amanthaprabhu2 is done except for one song.Very happy with it!Release date announcement as soon as I know it:) (sic),” Siddharth posted on Twitter.

Sunil, Isha’s film titled Mr Pellikoduku


he Telugu remake of Tanu Weds Manu has been officially titled as Mr Pellikoduku. Sunil and Isha Chawla are playing the lead roles in the film. Devi Prasad has directed the film. NV Prasad and Paras Jain, the film’s producers, are confident that the Telugu version will outperform the original Hindi version.





KARL LAGERFELD sent a giant version down the runway in October and joked that you could use it as an umbrella (or something?) at the beach. Instead, Chanel is selling a miniature version of the bag, and while the size was cut down to 24 centimeters across, the cost is still quite large: It retails for $2,400.

THE WEDDING The wedding season is upon us and exuberant shopping is in full swing. Here’s a list of

Pallavi Jaikishan



abyasachi is a name that has become synonymous with bridal wear in the recent past. Sabyasachi’s designs are easily recognised and in fact are most copied in the market today. His TV show Band Bajaa Bride helped a few lucky brides get expert guidance on their wedding trousseau and general look. The undoubted highlight of the show was when the bride was given her Sabyasachi attire to wear. His clothes have an inbuilt stature and romanticism that makes them a great fit for the new generation bride and grooms. The all white couture creations for brides could be a unique option for Christian weddings.








allavi Jaikishan has been working in fashion since the past three decades. Her made-to-measure couture garments are treasured by women and even passed on to new generations. Her designs hold a place of their own as she uses fabrics and embroideries that suit the indian and skin tones. But her work is also appreciated abroad when she was stocked at renowned shops like Saks 5th Avenue, Lord and Taylor and Bergdoff Goodman. Heavily encrusted lehengas with rosettes, dupattas edged with gold lace, velvet cholis is her vision for brides this season.



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Neeta Lulla


umbaibased designer Neeta Lulla showcased a collection titled ‘Radha’ to bring out the fun and frivolous side of a bride. Radha – also a symbol of love, had a clear inclination towards a young bride. Which was enhanced further with use of bright colours used together in one outfit. Zardozi, quilting, appliqué and embroidery were some of the prominent techniques used in the collection. The fabric choice was rich and opulent as Banaras Jaal and Chinar Butti brocades along with the traditional Kanjeevaram, organza, tulle and silks. The colour palette consisted of raani pink, purple, orange, saffron, emerald, and fuchsia. Lehengas and ghagras with small cholis and dupattas is the designer’s silhouette of choice.

Manish Malhotra


irector Karan Johar’s favourite costume designer, Manish Malhotra epitomised the wardrobe for a Bollywood style dramatic wedding. His glitzy, bright outfits for both men and women are one of the most popular picks. This collection had his signature long anarkalis and saris. Colours like neon pink with beige and gold are added with a more traditional maroon for the winter weddings. The elaborate look with skin show is a hit with the Bollywood actresses and was seen on many during the recent wedding of Kareena Kapoor. In the recently released film Student of the Year by Karan Johar, the new comer Allia Bhatt wore a pink and silver lehenga by Manish Malhotra which will surely be a bestseller as far as Indian weddings are concerned.







Indian bridalwear designers and their latest creations to suggest to the bride and groom.

JJ Valaya


J Valaya is having a great year this year. He closed the fall-winter fashion week in Delhi and his company celebrates their 20th anniversary this year. JJ Valaya’s couture 2012 collection finds its inspiration in the Ottoman Empire. Titled the ‘Azrak collection’, which in Turkish means ‘rare and uncommon’ it saw some gem of creations that were rich, elaborate and yet subtle. Valaya embodies the traditional handwork of India mixed with new age techniques like digital print and shirt-blouses for easy to wear looks. Fabrics such as silks, Dupion, Jacquards, Georgette and Lush velvets with techniques like metal work, Zardozi, Badla, Resham and semi-precious stone inlay were seen. The colours for the bride and groom come in a variety of ivories, maroon, turquoise blue, red, orange with a hint of black and white.

Entertainment FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012


Entertainment FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012



Chai Time


A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future. Sidney J Harris


How to play kakuro Kakuro is a popular game similar to sudoku in some ways. But is also suitably different. The key question: ‘How do you play kakuro?’, well here are the rules of kakuro. The answer: The kakuro grid, unlike in sudoku, can be of any size. It has rows and columns, and dark cells like in a crossword. And, just like in a crossword, some of the dark cells will contain numbers. Some cells will contain two numbers. However, in a crossword the numbers reference clues. In a kakuro, the numbers are all you get! They denote the total of the digits in the row or

column referenced by the number. Within each collection of cells — called a run — any of the numbers 1 to 9 may be used but, like sudoku, each number may only be used once.Let’s have an example to explain this concept more clearly: In the image above, which shows a section of a kakuro puzzle, you will see the numbers ‘26’ and ‘14’ in the top row. Look at the 14. This means that the total of the three cells underneath must sum to 14. Therefore 9, 4, 1 could be the answer, or perhaps 7,

4, 3 and so on... So, how do you work out the actual combination? Well, this is done through elimination and cross-referencing. For instance, as you work out the answers for other kakuro clues, this will naturally limit the valid combinations, and hence the answer for this particular run. Note the second cell in row two — it contains two numbers, 30 and 11. The 30 refers to the vertical run underneath the number 30 and the 11 refers to the two cells to the right, horizontally, of the number 11.

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ACROSS 1 Word with ‘well’ or ‘human’ 6 Deep cut 10 Ready money 14 Amid the waves 15 With the bow, in music 16 Shells and bullets 17 Where to ride in a roadster 19 ‘Silent Night’ or ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ 20 Mouth, to Ralph Kramden 21 PC space bar neighbour 22 ___ and void 23 Improved partner? 25 You change when you hit it 27 A milk drinker may have one 32 Hitchhiking seed 33 ___ mater 34 Spilled the beans 36 Talking bird 40 It’ll open doors for you 41 Like the designated driver 43 Emulate nomads 44 Bald bird 46 Cornmeal cake 47 No longer

interested in 48 Building wing 50 Not on the lee side 52 Washington footballer 56 West of old Hollywood 57 Movie with a cast of thousands 58 Make a face 60 Neighbor of Mozambique 65 Wild hog 66 A bout to remember? 68 Best or Ferber 69 Bit of land in the sea 70 Moral standard 71 Spring 72 Campus chief 73 Below, in poetry DOWN 1 Tree part 2 Case for tweezers, scissors and such 3 Doctrines, informally 4 Beaks 5 Chief ore of lead 6 Auto-tank filler 7 Carpet store calculation 8 Dandruff source 9 Back porch luxury 10 John Steinbeck

novel 11 ‘My Cherie ___’ (Stevie Wonder hit) 12 Make iron into steel 13 Berried evergreen 18 Puts up, as a building 24 Sound from a lotto winner 26 Kind of rap 27 Cause to exist 28 Arm bone 29 LA problem 30 Bit of leftovers 31 Type of macaroni 35 Jeans fabric 37 Star that brightens and then fades 38 Say with certainty 39 Group of reindeer 42 Change the title 45 Antlered beast 49 Not at all clouded 51 Overwhelm with noise 52 Nonconformist 53 Lyric poem 54 ‘Candle in the Wind 1997’ dedicatee 55 Hospital worker 59 ‘Monster’ of the southwest 61 Low-cal, on a label 62 Turkish chief 63 Iota 64 Restless yen 67 Buddhist discipline

Chai Time FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012 Thiruvaikumar

STAR POWER for 17-11-2012


As per Hindu panchang thiruvaikumar@yahoo. co. in, 040-27177230 / 9177596118














You do not hesitate to punish wrong persons. Money will come from all the expected sources. Financial position will strengthen. Businessmen will gain sops from the government. Speculative deals will bring gains. Politicians will be in limelight.

You plan to do innovative and trendy things and will be successful. Financial position will be beyond satisfaction. Help for the construction of your own house will be come in time. Tension and embarrassing situation due to children likely.

You will gain success in all the challenging tasks undertaken. Even enemies will become friends. New plans and efforts will be successful. Marriage talks will be successful. Sudden fortune likely, which will make you financially comfortable.

Happy atmosphere will prevail at home. Financial position will improve considerably. You will purchase valuable movable assets. Some make plans to construct a new house. Marriage talk will end favourably. Health problems will get over.

With love, anyone can bring you under their control. Friendship circle will expand with good-natured friends. Financial assistance sought from various sources will come. Happy atmosphere prevails in family due to good events.



Eight of Wands – Good luck favours those who are prepared. They can then convert this opportunity to something wonderful. This is such a lucky phase for you.


The Lovers – Decision time is here and you are at a crossroads. You want to take the best option available. Trouble is, you don’t know what that is. Trust your instinct.


Eight of Swords – A friendship turning sour will leave you in quite a shock. You may not have expected this from this particularly close friend. Don’t worry about it.


Seven of Swords – Be careful of injuries while working out. Always follow trainer’s instructions and don’t do anything that will push your body too much.

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Sudden changes in the process of a project has you worried. You begin to imagine all that could go wrong. Stop doing that! Think positive.


You will be bold and successful in completing all the challenging work. Some have a bright chance to go abroad. You will raise income through multiple channels. Real-estate matters will be profitable. VIP friends will help in important tasks.

for 17-11-2012

Seven of Pentacles – Money will follow you if you’re willing to do the different. Open your mind to new possibilities and don’t be intimidated by the unfamiliar.


Your fame and influence is set to increase. You will struggle hard with determination to make your dreams come true. Couples who lived separately for long will compromise and start living together. You will purchase a house of choice.

The Empress – There may be minor irritants in a relationship. But it’s important you deal with them before moving on. Ignoring them won’t make them go away.


Justice – You cannot always control what happens to other people, although you may be their responsibility, in a sense. No one can be responsible for another’s life.


Four of Cups – A job offer is likely to take you by surprise. It will be in a field you’re not too familiar with. Don’t doubt your abilities. Just plunge in and get going.


Two of Pentacles – Balance is the name of the game. Working mothers, especially, have a tough time with this. Go easy. You’re not a machine. Do as much as you can.


Knight of Swords – Focus on diet. It will solve health problems, at least for the time being. You’re tempted to go to extremes and take medication for smallest problem.


Two of Cups – Partnerships are in focus. Two minds are better than one. Be open to sharing your ideas and collaborating and learning as you go along.




Health problem of days will be over. However, you need to eat more fruits and vegetables which are rich in calcium. Unexpected financial fortune likely. You will complete the purchase of the asset for which an advance has been paid.

You will march ahead without minding the hurdles. Those deprived of a child since long will be favoured with one. Children will make you happy and proud. Daughter's marriage will be performed grandly. New plans and efforts will succeed.


Tension and worries will disappear. All the new efforts will be successful and yield expected results. Avoid taking major and vital decisions with the advise of inexperienced friends. Expected money will come and make you financially comfortable.

You will be in search of real and loyal persons as you get cheated by many. Health problems, which need to be given proper attention, likely. Avoid talking harshly as even good suggestions given by you will be taken in a wrong way.


You will not be afraid or depressed on facing disappointments and failures. Expenses and tension due to children likely to be there for a while but will get resolved soon. Support from friends and relatives make you cheerful.

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Entertainment FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012 CINE BYTES ‘I’m in film industry because of Yashji’


ishwarya Rai Bachchan credits late filmmaker Yash Chopra as a major reason why she stepped into the film industry, and says he will always remain special to her. “Yashji is very special to me because he is one of the reasons that I am in the film industry. He is the one who convinced me to join the industry,” she says. IANS

‘I’d love to work with SRK, Salman again’


ana Saeed, the little girl who played Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, is all grown up now and says she would love to team up with SRK and Salman Khan again. “I am very biased when it comes to Khans. I would love to work with all the Khans,” she says. IANS

ARBAAZ should’ve turned director long back:



ost Ishaqzaade, director Habib Faisal is scripting another film for “They give us enough space to write our scripts peacefully. Once we are done with the script, then we think of the star cast for the film,” Faisal says. IANS


onakshi Sinha, lead actress of Dabangg 2, says Arbaaz Khan, who makes his directorial debut with the movie, should have gone behind the camera a long time back. “I personally feel Arbaaz is so well-versed with his work that he should have turned director a long time back. I didn’t feel for a minute that he is directing for the first time. He is an all-rounder. He knows his work so well I am thankful to be working with him again,” Sonakshi says. Arbaaz turned producer with 2010 film Dabangg, which turned out to be a blockbuster. Now with Dabangg 2, he decided to take on the additional responsibility of directing the movie too.Sonakshi assures that the sequel, in which Salman Khan returns as corrupt cop Chulbul Pandey once again, will be more

YRF gives enough space to write script: Habib Faisal

entertaining than the original movie. “I would say it was great working with the Dabangg team again. It’s always fun to work with Salman Khan. I am very excited for Dabangg 2, which is scheduled for a Christmas release. I’m sure it will be much more entertaining than Dabangg,” said the 25-year-old. Sonakshi, daughter of veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha, has so far worked with A-list actors like Salman and Akshay Kumar. In her latest release Son Of Sardaar, she is seen with Ajay Devgn. Sonakshi says she considers herself lucky. “I consider myself lucky and fortunate to work with such wonderful co-stars in all my films. For me, more than anything else, the content of the film matters and I have been lucky with that as well,” she added. IANS





Portuguese rider dies in Macau qualifier HONG KONG: Portuguese motorcycle rider Luis Filipe de Sousa Carreira (left) was killed in an accident during a qualifying session for the Macau Grand Prix, organisers said. The organising committee said Carreira died from injuries sustained in the crash on Thursday afternoon. “No other rider was involved in the incident, which occurred at Fisherman’s Bend ... The qualifying session was immediately red flagged,” the committee said in a statement. “As a result of the doctors’ diagnosis, Carreira was immediately evacuated by ambulance to

Italian rider Marco Simoncelli died last year that resulted in cancellation of the Malaysian MotoGP. the hospital.” The 35-year-old from Lisbon died about 30 minutes later, it added. “The Macau Grand Prix Committee has contacted the family and the members of the team, and the committee expresses its sincere condolences,” it said.


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TT champions felicitated HYDERABAD: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Public School (BVBPS), Jubilee Hills, has another feather in its cap. Two paddlers from the school — Balusuri Varun Shankar and S Fidel R Snehit — emerged as State champions in Mini-Cadet and Sub Junior categories respectively in the 48th Table Tennis State Championship held in Lal Bahadur Indoor stadium from November 9 to 12. While Varun beat Adwait of Anand Nagar Welfare Association (AWA) 3-1, Snehit outsmarted Harsh Lahoti of YMCA 4-3 in a thriller. Both the winners are trained by Somnath Ghosh of Global Table Tennis Academy (GTTA) in Naveen Nagar. The Hyderabad district team, captained by Snehit, could win second prize in the inter-district tournament held as part of the state championship. Both the players were members of the BVBPS team that won silver medal in CBSE cluster

Both the players were members of the BVBPS team that won silver medal in CBSE cluster level TT meet held in Bangalore.

BVBPS principal C Rama Devi poses with the two state champions S Fidel R Snehit (left) and B Varun Shankar.

“In over 60 years of the Grand Prix, the record can be considered acceptable,” coordinator of the Macau Grand Prix committee Joao Manuel Costa Antunes told Hong Kong daily newspaper South China Morning Post. “Those involved in motorsport and motorbikes know exactly what I’m saying,” Antunes said, commenting on the Carreira incident, the second death of a motorbike rider at the track in seven years, and the second serious bike accident of the day. Organisers did not provide further details to AFP.

level TT meet held in Bangalore a couple of months ago. Having represented cluster-VII, Snehit won silver medal in CBSE nationals held in Solan in Himachal Pradesh from October 28 to November 2. Snehit and Varun were felicitated by the BVBPS senior principal C Rama Devi at a specially convened assembly here on Thursday. She congratulated the grit and determination of both the players. “Despite having fever during the state championship, Snehit could become the state champion in Sub-Junior category. He is an inspiration for us,” she said.

HCA Inter School Coca Cola Under–16 Semi-finals Bhavans 164 (Rohit Bharadwaj 31, Varun 3 for 14) Lost to Gowtham Model High School 165 for 5 (Charan Sai Teja 48, Varun 30, Sandeep Goud 36) A2-A3 Division Two Days League Championship Cambridge XI 346 for 7 (Mir Jaweed Ali 80, Yaseen Bahamid 71, Shaik Lateef 41, Tanay Tyagarajan 49, Iliyaz Zubaidi 52no, M Radha Krsihna 4 for 97) Vs SA Amberpet New Blues 238 for 6 (D Ashrith 72, Shaik Nafeez 31, Avishek 58 no) Beat Gemin Friends 198 (Vivek Mohan 55, Poojith 55)

HYDERABAD TRACK WORK HYDERABAD: Machiavellianism, Dandelion, Military Cross and Vijay Kiran impressed when horses were exercised this morning on the sand track at the Malakpet racecourse.

SAND TRACK 800 METRES Ice Mountain (Ravinder Singh) 1-0, 600/45.5 Easy. Elegant Approach (rb) Cannon Law (Sai Kumar) 58, 600/43 They moved together. Windsor Manor (M Mark) 57.5, 600/43 Moved on the bit. Hamilton (app) Colourful Trip (Anil) 56, 600/42 They finished together. Vijay

Machiavellianism excels Kiran (Ravinder Singh) 54.5, 600/41 Impressed. Dream Deal (rb) 59, 600/42.5 Easy. Bold Reason (Sai Kumar) Celtic Rose (rb) 1-1.5, 600/45 They moved together. Fighting Fit (AK Pawar) 1-0, 600/45 Easy. Mystical Knight (app) Winds Of Victory (Ravinder Singh) 58, 600/43 Former finished in front. Kohinoor Punch (Ajit Kumar) Golden Art (rb) 57, 600/42.5

Former finished 4 lengths in front. San Ramon (Kuldeep Singh) Golden Rule (rb) 59.5, 600/42 Former finished in front. Kohinoor Wish (app) 57, 600/41 Moved on the bit. Nihal (rb) Staminoised (Ramana) 1-0, 600/45 They moved together. Art Ace (Kuldeep Singh) Walnut Creek (rb) 58, 600/42.5 Former finished in front. Sweet Candy (app) Rave Debut (Anil) 58.5,

600/44 They moved together. Ashok Chakra (Ravinder Singh) 57.5,600/43 Moved well. YksiYksi Yksi (rb) 1-1.5, 600/47 Easy. Dazzling Prince (M Mark) 58.5, 600/43 Moved freely. Ziyan (app) 58, 600/44 Easy.

SAND TRACK 1000 METRES Dandelion (N Rawal) Days of Thunder (Imran Khan) 1-12, 800/55, 600/40 Former

impressed while finishing in front. Jaden Gil (rb) Noble Honour (app) 1-13.5, 800/56.5, 600/40.5 Former finished in front. Military Cross (Ravinder Singh) Vijaysheel (app) 1-12.5, 800/55.5, 600/42 Former finished in front. Itsy Bitsy (Imran Khan) Sincara (Sreekant) 1-18.5, 800/1-2, 600/45 Former finished a length in front. Kansas City Mac (Ajit Kumar) 1-12, 800/55.5,600/41 Pleased. Sweety Girl (M Mark) 1-13.5, 800/57.5, 600/42 Moved well. Sea Runner (app) Goldie (rb) 1-18, 800/1-0, 600/45 Moved together.





Pujara, Yuvraj march on Pujara scored a ton while comeback man Yuvraj Singh scored 72 as the duo steadied India’s innings.

AHMEDABAD: Cheteshwar Pujara (left) scored the second century of his fledgling international career while comeback man Yuvraj Singh reached his 11th half ton as the duo consolidated India's strong position on day two of the first cricket Test against England here today. At lunch, India were 410 for four in 121 overs, after adding 83 runs in 31 overs to their overnight score of 323 for four. Pujara was unconquered on 133 after having batted for

nearly six sessions while Yuvraj was unbeaten on 72 after a stay of 174 minutes. While the right-handed Punjara hit 16 fours in 274 balls, the left-handed Yuvraj had six hits to the fence and two over it off 140 balls. In the morning, needing just two runs to reach his second 100 in only his sixth Test, the 24-year-old Pujara got them in singles in nine balls that he faced in the morning. Yuvraj, the other not out batsman who had played his

previous Test one year ago against the West Indies, also moved along from his last evening's score of 24 to complete his fifty after the first hour of play with a four off Graeme Swann. The pair also completed their century partnership for the fifth wicket in 204 balls, to pile on more agony on the visitors. It was the second threefigure stand for India in the game, after Sehwag — who made 117 — and Gambhir had raised 134 yesterday. PTI


Bangladesh’s Naeem Islam reacts after scoring a century during the first Test match against West Indies on Thursday. AFP

century in Test cricket. Sunil Narine, who went wicket-less on the third day, then came into his own by dismissing Mahmudullah, caught by Kieran Powell for 62 and then four runs later had Sohag Gazi bowled for four.

SOUTH AFRICA IN AUSTRALIA Watson back in Oz squad

SYDNEY: All-rounder Shane Watson was on Friday included in Australia's squad for the pivotal second Test against South Africa despite still struggling with a calf strain. The vice-captain sat out the first drawn Gabba Test against the world number one Proteas with the injury and his inclusion for next week's Adelaide clash is the only amendment to the line-up. Batsman Rob Quiney, who was added to the squad when Watson pulled out of Brisbane, remains with the team, meaning left-arm paceman Mitchell

Johnson missed out on a recall. National selector John Inverarity said it was not clear if Watson would recover in time for the Test on November 22. Even if he does, his bowling contribution would be limited. "He is making steady progress from his calf injury, but it is too early to determine if he will be fit to come under consideration for selection." The squad: M. Clarke, S. Watson, D. Warner, Ed Cowan, R. Ponting, M. Hussey, M. Wade, J. Pattinson, P. Siddle, M. Starc, N. Lyon, B. Hilfenhaus, R. Quiney. AFP

45 117 133 13 19 72 7 410

W 0 0 0 4 0 0


Nasir, Islam lead fight-back DHAKA: West Indies were eight without loss in their second innings at lunch on the fourth day after bowling Bangladesh out for 556, with a draw appearing the most likely result of the first Test in Dhaka. Chris Gayle was unbeaten on seven and Kieran Powell on one not out as the West Indies looked to score quickly after Nasir Hossain had helped the home side to a slender 29run lead but missed out on a maiden century by four runs. The West Indies had made 527-4 in their first innings on a lifeless Shere Bangla pitch. The 20-year-old Nasir, playing only his fifth Test, slammed four sixes and six boundaries during his brisk 136ball knock — improving on his previous best of 79 he made against Pakistan at the same venue last year. Resuming at 455-6, Bangladesh slowly progressed towards the West Indian total with Mohammad Mahmudullah reaching his fifth half-

Scroreboard India vs English 1st Test India 1st innings G Gambhir b Swann V Sehwag b Swann CA Pujara not out Tendulkar c Patel b Swann V Kohli b Swann Yuvraj Singh not out Extras: (b 1, lb 5, nb 1) Total: (4 wickets) Fall of wickets: 1-134, 2-224, 3-250 , 4-283 Bowling: O M R JM Anderson 23 6 71 SCJ Broad 21 1 81 TT Bresnan 13 1 61 GP Swann 42 8 119 SR Patel 20 2 65 KP Pietersen 2 1 3

Sensing Bangladesh would fall short of the West Indian total, Nasir took it upon himself to attack, adding 61 for the ninth wicket with Shahadat Hossain (13) and pushing his team into the lead. Nasir hit two sixes off Veerasammy Permaul and one off Narine to enter 90s but played one shot too many and was caught off a miscued lofted shot off paceman Tino Best, just four short of his maiden hundred. Narine wrapped up the innings by dismissing Hossain to finish with 3-148. Paceman Ravi Rampaul took 3-118. Earlier, Middle-order batsman Naeem Islam made a maiden Test century while Shakib Al Hasan smashed a dominating 89 to help Bangladesh thwart the West Indieson Thursday. The pair made a record fourthwicket stand of 167 to help the home team close the third day on 455-6, just 72 shy of the visitors' imposing first innings total of 527-4 declared. AFP

Pak bans players from participation KARACHI: Pakistan on Thursday refused Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Akmal permission to play in Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 competition, ordering them to prepare for next month's tour of India instead. The trio had all signed up to play in the Big Bash from next month, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said they must take part in a domestic Twenty20 event being used to test players ahead of the matches against arch-rivals India. Afridi was due to play with Sydney Thunder while Ajmal had signed for Adelaide Strikers and Umar for Sydney Sixers but the PCB insisted they gear up at home for the hotly anticipated India tour. The two sides will meet for two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals between December 25 and January 6 -- their first full series since 2007. "Since the Big Bash was clashing with our Twenty20 tournament we have asked the players to feature in the national event so that selectors can check their form and fitness for the selection of the squad for India," PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf told AFP. AFP


Richards to mentor Stars

SYDNEY: Legendary batsman Viv Richards was Friday named as the latest recruit to the ranks of Shane Warne's Australian Twenty20 side, with the West Indian to mentor the Melbourne Stars. Warne, who will skipper the team in the domestic Big Bash League, was keen to have the man dubbed the "Master Blaster" onboard for their second season, and Richards said he was relishing getting involved. "I've been out of cricket for quite some time," the 60-year-old told reporters at the Melbourne

Cricket Ground where in 1984 he smashed 208 against Australia in a Test. "To be given an opportunity to come back to the scene of the

crime, I'm very excited about that." Richards said he would be very hands-on in his approach to mentoring. "I'm going to be around. I'm not one of these individuals who's going to be here basically for my looks," he said. Richards, who is acknowledged as one of the greatest cricketers of the 20th century, said he liked what he saw when it came to Twenty20 cricket -- a shorter form of the game than the one-day internationals and Tests he played. AFP





Texan autumn can slow Red Bull: Webber GORDON HOWARD AUSTIN, TEXAS: A combative Mark Webber warned his Red Bull team on Thursday that the falling leaves and temperatures in autumnal Texas could cause them problems with their tyres during this weekend’s United States Grand Prix. Hitting out at suggestions that in hot weather, the swooping brand-new Circuit of the Americas built 15 miles out of downtown Austin would favour Red Bull, he pointed out -- in robust Australian fashion -that if their tyres were not working, the team would struggle.

“I think our form card recently, apart from Abu Dhabi, has been very strong,” he said. “Qualifying was strong in Abu Dhabi, at Suzuka we had the front row and cleaned up, and the other two races (Korea and India) were very strong (for Red Bull). If we get back to that sort of form and you are in the hunt then victories are there, but temperature is very important. Layout is not very important, temperatures are. If the black things on the corners are not working then you can put the layout up your arse - it is not going to work. You need to have


Webber warned Red Bull that the falling leaves and temperatures in Texas could cause them problems with their tyres during the US GP. everything working together. I think the layout will not be too bad for us, but temperatures and understanding the tyres will be important.” Webber’s outspoken com-

ments came after circuit designer German Hermann Tilke had suggested the spectacular circuit’s demanding layout would present the drivers with their biggest challenge of the season — and followed his team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s apology for swearing during live television interviews following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Following a recent warm spell, Austin has seen temperatures tumble to conditions that were far cooler on Thursday than those the travelling F1 circuit had become accustomed to in India and Abu Dhabi in the last month. AFP


Radek, David to Doped Australians open the action urged to come forward PRAGUE: The Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek (in pic) and Spain's David Ferrer will open the action at the Davis Cup final here, following Thursday's draw. Ferrer, the world number five and Spain's top player in Prague, will face 37thranked Stepanek at 4:00 pm on Friday on the hardcourt of Prague's O2 Arena. After that meeting, world number six and Czech number one Tomas Berdych will take on Spain's Nicolas Almagro, the world number 11. "I prefer David to start because of his experience," Spain captain Alex Corretja told reporters. "He has played more finals" than Almagro." Ferrer, who has won six out of his nine games against Stepanek, predicted a tough tie, similar to their five-setter in 2009 when Spain beat the Czechs 5-0 in the Davis Cup finals. "It was an amazing match and this time it's going to be similar. I'll have to play my best tennis to beat him," said Ferrer.

Spain have won three Davis Cup trophies in the last four years, and they also won the competition in 2000 and 2004. Czechoslovakia, which split peacefully into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993, won the Davis Cup in 1980 with a team led by the then 20year-old Ivan Lendl. Stepanek said he might ask Lendl for advice before the game with Ferrer as Lendl coaches Andy Murray, whose encounters with the Spaniard are more frequent. AFP

SYDNEY: Australia’s sports anti-doping body Friday urged cyclists who took drugs come forward, saying “the days of remaining silent are over” in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal. The Australian Sports AntiDoping Authority (ASADA) began investigations after its US counterpart accused Armstrong of helping orchestrate the most sophisticated doping programme in the history of the sport. ASADA chief executive Aurora Andruska said some cyclists had already come forward and she urged others to follow suit before they were accused of doping. “The days of remaining silent are over,” Andruska said. “The days of fearing what happens if the truth gets out are over. The days of protecting people who are in the wrong are over.” Andruska said where an athlete or team staffer acknowl-

Schleck signs to race Tour Down Under SYDNEY: Former Tour de France winner Andy Schleck said he will launch his 2013 season at the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, competing in the race for the first time. Schleck, awarded the 2010 Tour de France yellow jersey after the disqualification of Alberto Contador for doping, said he was looking forward to the challenge. “I’m very excited to go South Australia,” he said. “I’ve heard about the race from other riders many times, and I’m very excited to see what it’s like to race in Australia.” Race director Mike Turtur said the course should suit the Luxembourg climbing specialist, who rides for the RadioShack Nissan team and has done well in hilly classics. AFP edged their mistakes and were willing to reveal violations by others, ASADA could offer “substantial assistance” under the World Anti-Doping Code. “But let me be clear; this is not an amnesty where full abso-

lution is given,” she said. Armstrong has consistently denied taking performanceenhancing drugs but the US rider has been stripped of his seven Tour De France titles. Since the scandal broke, two senior Australian cycling figures have admitted to doping during their sporting careers and resigned from their positions with Cycling Australia. Andruska said ASADA wanted to hear from anyone who had participated in organised doping, or experienced peer pressure to dope, or had information about suspected doping in sport. “The integrity of Australian cycling is under public scrutiny and we now need the cooperation of the sport and its athletes if our investigation is going to get to the heart of the matter,” Andruska said. ASADA has established a confidential phone hotline and has a secure and anonymous form on its website for anyone wanted to provide it with information. AFP

SPORTS BRIEFS Hall of Fame suspends Bob Hewitt NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND: The International Tennis Hall of Fame on Thursday suspended former doubles champion Bob Hewitt over allegations that he sexually abused girls he coached. It did not expel Hewitt because he has not been convicted of a crime, executive director Mark Stenning told the Boston Globe newspaper. Hewitt, who was born in Dubbo, Australia, is under investigation in South Africa, where he now lives, but has not been charged. He rose to prominence in South Africa but also spent time in the United States. Nearly a dozen women in South Africa and the United States have accused Hewitt of sexual misconduct from the 1970s to the 1990s, the Globe reported. Hewitt's profile and name has been deleted from the Hall of Fame's website and his plaque has been removed from the venue's walls.

Swimmer Leisel retires SYDNEY: Australian triple Olympic gold medallist Leisel Jones on Friday retired from swimming, saying she had achieved all she ever could in the sport after her fourth Games in London. Jones, 27, said she had spent the months after the Olympics considering her future and decided to pull the plug on a career which spanned more than a dozen years. “It’s a very hard decision to come to and I took my time after London to make sure it was the right decision for me,” she said. “I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve ticked every single box that I have ever wanted to in my career and there is nothing more that I could ever achieve.”

Colin out of Hong Kong Open HONG KONG: A foot injury has forced Colin Montgomerie to withdraw from the $2 million UBS Hong Kong Open after the first round, where he shot a four-overpar 74, the European Tour said on Friday. The 49-year-old Scot has won a record eight European Tour Order of Merit titles, but famously failed to lift a Major trophy. He triumphed at the Hong Kong Open, co-sanctioned between the Asian Tour and European Tour, in 2005. He had a wretched time on Thursday in the first round at Hong Kong Golf Club, shooting seven bogeys against three birdies. He was 10 shots off the leader. The extent of the foot injury was not immediately known, however Montgomerie walked off the course unaided after his disappointing round.



BECKHAM SET FOR 10-GAME AUSTRALIAN STINT David Beckham could be heading Down Under with reports today saying talks are underway to bring the English star to Australia's domestic league. The 37-year-old LA Galaxy midfielder remains one of the game's biggest names and his presence would help boost the competition's global image.


Event hots up at both ends The battle for the title may be compelling, with three heavyweights in contention, but the fight to avoid relegation is nearly as fierce. JULIAN GUYER Agence France-Presse LONDON: At the top of the Premier League, leaders Manchester United travel to Norwich on Saturday with a two-point advantage over champions Manchester City, at home to Aston Villa. European champions Chelsea, a point further back in third, travel to surprise package West Brom, an impressive fifth in the table, in a match that pits Blues boss Roberto di Matteo and the Baggies Steve Clarke, once an assistant manager at Stamford Bridge, against their former clubs. In an era where Premier League players are routinely criticised for being primarily concerned with their pay packets, United veteran Rio Ferdinand said the lure of silverware remained as strong as ever. “It doesn't matter how much money you have, at the end of your career, what you will be most proud of are your achievements," said Ferdinand. "If you have won things and continue to win things for this great club, that is something to talk about. I wouldn't sit down

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Medals matter more than money: Ferdinand and talk about how much money I have." It was a point echoed by City winger James Milner, who said, “Our fans turn out in big numbers, adding, “They were here when we weren't winning things for so many years so it's nice that we are now and as I say, that's not a feeling we could ever get tired of." There will be plenty of attention at Eastlands on City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart, beaten on four occasions by

Milner wants more trophies

MANCHESTER, UK: James Milner believes Manchester City have to repay their loyal supporters by continuing to bring in trophies as he nears a return to action ahead of the Premier League match at home to his former club, Aston Villa, on Saturday. Roberto Mancini's men will be looking for three points to keep on the tails of league leaders and rivals Manchester United, while City also welcome Real Madrid to Eastlands on Wednesday for a must-win Champions League group tie. Some critics have suggested that winning the Premier League last season has quashed some of City’s desire to lift trophies as they face a second-successive group exit from the Champions League unless they beat Real next week to keep their slim hopes alive. But Milner, who thanked fans


MANCHESTER, UK: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said the reason Alex Ferguson's side continue to challenge for honours is because winning medals is more important than money to everyone at the club. Ferdinand has won five Premier League titles, two League Cups and a Champions League crown during his time at Old Trafford.

striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Sweden's 4-0 friendly international win in midweek, with the striker's stunning scissor-kick fourth set to become a staple of all great goal compilations. But there will be a different sort of grim fascination in watching bottom of the table QPR welcome second-bottom Southampton to Loftus Road as both clubs battle to remain in the lucrative top flight.

CL is the spur for Villas MIKE MCGRATH Agence France-Presse

for their backing while he has been out injured, believes the onus is on City to keep rewarding loyal supporters who backed the club through its more unsuccessful days, and that is what keeps driving them. "I just want to go out and play as well as I can for City and our supporters and hopefully keep the trophies coming," Milner said. "Our fans turn out in big numbers whether it’s at home where the games are always sold out — or away,” AFP

Man Utd 11 9 0 2 29 16 27 Man City 11 7 4 0 20 10 25 Chelsea 11 7 3 1 23 11 24 Everton 11 5 5 1 21 14 20 West Brom 11 6 2 3 17 12 20 West Ham 11 5 3 3 14 11 18 Tottenham 11 5 2 4 18 16 17 Arsenal 11 4 4 3 18 11 16 Fulham 11 4 4 3 24 19 16 Newcastle 11 3 5 3 12 15 14 Swansea 11 3 4 4 16 15 13 Stoke 11 2 6 3 9 10 12 Liverpool 11 2 6 3 14 16 12 Wigan 11 3 2 6 12 18 11 Norwich 11 2 5 4 8 18 11 Sunderland 10 1 6 3 7 11 9 Aston Villa 11 2 3 6 10 17 9 Reading 10 0 6 4 12 18 6 Southampton11 1 2 8 15 29 5 QPR 11 0 4 7 8 20 4 (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)

LONDON: Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham Hotspur need to finish above Arsenal for the first time since 1995 to qualify for next season's Champions League. The Spurs boss expects the title to be fought out between Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, leaving the two capital clubs competing for the remaining place in the top four of the Premier League. A r s e n e Wenger's side host Spurs in a North London derby, with one point separating the teams as there was

at the end of last season when Arsenal pipped their rivals to a Champions League place. Villas-Boas, when asked if Spurs can finish above Arsenal, said: "We have to. It's obvious that Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are into a big run-in towards the title. "We want to be able to bring one of those spots nearer to us but it's difficult. They have other resources but we are looking at trying to shorten the gap and not let it grow. To play for that fourth spot, C h a m p i o n s League qualification, I think it's difficult bearing in mind the amount of competition.”

JULIAN GUYER Agence France-Presse LONDON: Plans to introduce domestic financial fair play rules into the Premier League remained on the drawing board after a meeting of England's 20 top-flight clubs ended without agreement on Thursday. Although many teams are keen on introducing some sort of financial control in a bid to help stave off the kind of crisis that engulfed Portsmouth, the 2008 FA Cup winners, who now play in the third tier League One, they remain split on how best to implement such a system. Now league officials will try to draw up detailed proposals ahead of a meeting in February. The Premier League's discussions follow on from the creation of financial fair play rules by European governing body UEFA for clubs taking part in continental competition. These, and similar rules introduced by the Football League, which oversees the three fully professional divisions of English football immediately below the elite Premier League, are designed to ensure clubs don't spend beyond their means in the quest for success. In the Premier League, the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United want clubs obliged to break even every year, while others argue owners should be allowed to put in their own money to subsidise spending. "There have been no decisions made," said West Ham coowner David Gold. "The debate carries on. I am hoping that we can come to some conclusions for the best interest of the football clubs and the league as whole, hopefully before the start of next season." Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins was also confident of getting an agreement. "I think we will get a consensus on this," Jenkins said.

Postnoon E-Paper for 16 November 2012  

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